- Category of Project: Medical Institutions
- Project Title: Karaiskakio Foundation
- Plan Area: 12900 m2
- Construction time: 5 months
- Date of Completion: Dec 2010
- Client: Karaiskakio Foundation
- Architects: Miltos Papadopoulos & Associates
The building of the Karaiskakio Foundation and the Centre for the Study of Haematological Malignancies houses the highest Bone Marrow Donor Registry in the World (donors/capital ratio) and it is located exactly behind the General Hospital of Nicosia, Cyprus.
The two storey building of total area 2,900m2 was designed with two wings radiating from the central glass atrium of 13.5 meters high and the overall shape of the building was inspired by the shape of an antibody. A central staircase, resembling a DNA double helix provides access to both staff members and the public.
The building has been specifically designed for purpose and it is constructed to comply with strict international standards, including laboratories and bone marrow storage units with sophisticated climatic, air-flow and pressure control systems, modern office spaces with high-tech telecommunications and computer systems with uninterrupted power supply.
The construction is made entirely of reinforced concrete apart from the retractable glass roof which is connected to an intelligent climate control system, one of the many smart energy saving features of the building. The project involved the entire construction of the building, the external drainage and landscaping including the parking area.